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Margaritas and other perfect things at the Longboard Cafe
Usually I go on my Happy Hour Adventures on a whim. I don’t scout these places out but rather pop in with my camera and ask if I can hang out and take some photos. The Longboard Cafe was the first place I made a conscious decision to visit. I’d been there the day before for lunch and the midday experience was such that I really wanted to get a gander at Happy Hour.
SNAPSHOT: LONGBOARD CAFÉ – Visitor’s Guide – May 2016
If you’re thinking that Longboard Café is a casual, surf-themed restaurant, you are right! But it’s also more. Longboard takes casual dining to a new level. The idea is fine dining meets California casual. That means that one side of the table could be enjoying burgers and fish tacos while the other is eating an upscale meal of Saffron Risotto. And during the busy summer days, Longboard is bursting with patrons who thinks this formula is perfect!
Flavors – Coastal Style – March 2016
Coming off their best summer ever, there’s no need to tinker with the winning formula at Longboard Café in Ocean City. This will be the fourth year of business for owner/operator Rick Vach at his 67th Street restaurant. It’s a laid-back operation with a Southern California vibe. “We had a really good season last year,” he said. “We’re just hoping to repeat that.” They’re open five days a week through the off-season. Moving into the summer, they’ll make minor menu changes but keep the best-selling dishes (including Rick’s must-try fish tacos) and expand their Sunday brunch menu.
Filling Up On Off-Season Specials At Longboard Cafe in OCMD – Shorebread – Nov. 2015
“We have fun with our guests and we have fun with our food” is the kind of sentiment we enjoy hearing when interviewing local restaurant owners. Of course, we are fully aware of the serious nature of restaurant life and running a small, local business, but we also know that when chefs have creative freedom and when a staff is enthused, the result is a convivial atmosphere, welcoming vibes, and inspired menu offerings. Such is the case when dining at Longboard Café in Ocean City, which boasts a unique and playful menu, a relaxed, casual atmosphere, and plenty of off-season specials to warm your soul straight through the holiday season.
Longboard Café – Coconut Times – Sept. 2015
My Mother and I recently had the most scrumptious dinner and delightful evening at Longboard Café. Have you given this fairly new venue a try? We highly recommend it and please read why! Longboard Café is located in the 67th Street Town Center on the bay side of Coastal Highway. Owner Rick Vach has chosen a surfer themed decor for his restaurant that has an upper level (perfect for private parties), a fully stocked bar with excellent bartenders, and both indoor and outdoor seating.
Waves of Influence – Coastal Style Magazine – Oct. 2015
Following a great run at Sunset Island with Island Time, Rick Vach and his Longboard Café are sitting prettier than ever year-round in Ocean City – and he and his staff are poised to make the hotspot a resort-dining staple.
Rich Vach Longboard Café around 8 a.m., when he and his crew are making everything from scratch: sauses. salad dressings, seeing to daily deliveries of fresh fish. “Nothing’s out of the box; nothing’s our of a jar,” he says with pride.
SoCal Cool comes to OCMD – OceanCity.com – May 2014
It was always surprising to me that an Ocean/Beach community like Ocean City did not have more Southern California surfer style bars and restaurants; well the long wait is over. The Longboard Café combines a laid-back surfer esthetic with some quality cuisine and comes up with a winner of an eatery. The restaurant is small but comfortable with a Tiki style bar which seats about eight, and a dining room of a combination of high top tables in front of the bar and low tables in the dining room. The entire inside seating is about 60 with a newly constructed outdoor deck that can almost double that number. The restaurant also has a balcony over the bar that can be used for more private dining or small private parties. The décor is surfer/beach casual with wide screen televisions for sports and surfing movies. The servers are young and friendly with an open “how can we please you” attitude. The only unfortunate thing is that the Longboard Café is not on the water and a little off the main drag.
Best Bites June 2014 – Coconut Times – June 2014
Vach’s Longboard Café Looks To Expand Off ‘Outstanding’ Summer – The Dispatch – Sept. 2013
OCEAN CITY – A long-time Ocean City local has found a place to shine as the Longboard Café has taken off in the new Town Center development with its Southern California influenced menu gaining popularity.
Longboard Café located in the Town Center on 67th Street, is owned by a familiar face in the Ocean City area, Rick Vach, who has lived in Ocean City since 1966 and has surfed since he was 8 years old. He grew up in the Ocean City restaurant business while his parents owned and operated Wild Goose Chase and the Quarterdeck.
Vach officially entered the local food industry on his own when he opened a gourmet food store, Avalon Market, on Route 50 in West Ocean City that operated from 2005-2007, and in 2007 he opened the Island Time Café in Sunset Island in Ocean City.
Vach has been contemplating opening a second year-round restaurant while the Island Time Café was a seasonal operation. He also looked to offer his creative menu to Ocean City as a whole since Island Time Café was based within the private community of Sunset Island.
When the Town Center was announced, he couldn’t help but jump on the opportunity and moved the restaurant all together along with its popular menu to the new shopping center, calling it the Longboard Café.